Beak to talon
There was one additional encounter with a Bald eagle in the Khutzeymateen that I really enjoyed. The rain cleared on the evening of the second day and the weather was beautiful on the morning of the third day. We were crossing the inlet heading towards the side where the sun had just reached down the mountains to the shoreline. An eagle was lit beautifully as it perched on a rock exposed during low tide.
At first I thought it was watching the seagulls at the mouth of the creek it was perched beside. We watched it for a while as it surveyed its dominion. It seemed in no rush to join the fray as the gulls jostled for scraps of fish that floated downstream from a bear working on the salmon up in the creek hidden in the forest.
When it took flight clutching the tail end of a salmon in its beak that it had pulled out of a little nook, I realized it had been pausing between feasts. Watching it pass right in front of our boat, I had a few good images. When it started to climb off the water, it passed the fish from to its talons, presumably allowing for more comfortable flight.
I loved the light and the sense of place in the flight images. When the eagle passed the fish back, it was the defining moment of the encounter for me.
This entry was posted on October 22, 2013 by Christopher Martin. It was filed under Eagles, Nature, Wildlife and was tagged with bald eagle, British Columbia, Canada, flying, Khutzeymateen Grizzly Bear Sanctuary, nature photography, wildlife photography.